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What to Expect on Robben Island

Robben Island, lying off the coast of Cape Town, is part of a long list of islands known primarily for being prisons. But, unlike Rikers and Alcatraz, its history has seen it go from being a leper colony, to a thriving 19th century ‘town’ complete with a school and post office, to a notorious penitentiary, and now a must-see travel destination studded with historical buildings and home to a flock of adorable but highly endangered African penguins.

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Things To Do In And Around The Company's Gardens

The Company’s Gardens date back to the 1600s and are the raison d’etre for Cape Town. Looking for a way to the East Indies - the source of spices, silks, tea and porcelain for Europe - the Dutch East India Company chose a route around the tip of Africa. The journey took months and sailors were at severe risk of scurvy from a lack of fresh produce. So the Company sent some employees to the Cape of Storms and told them to start a vegetable patch. More than three centuries later, that ‘vegetable patch’ is now a green lung in a cosmopolitan city that bustles with workers, sightseers, squirrels and hadedahs (what South Africans calls sacred ibises). Easily walkable in a morning or an afternoon, there is plenty to see and do in and around the Company’s Gardens.

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In his Footsteps: Finding Mandela in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is Africa's economic powerhouse known to locals as Joburg, Jozi and Egoli (the ‘city of gold’). The city is modern and enormous, sprawling in all directions as the heart beat of commerce demands more offices, houses and malls. About 60 kilometres away lies Pretoria, which is the seat of administrative government in South Africa and a very pretty city with jacaranda-lined streets. Both of these urban centres are vibrant and cosmopolitan, linked by a fast-moving, multi-lane highway and the high-speed Gautrain, making it easy to explore the places that played a critical role in Nelson Mandela’s life story or which honour his legacy.

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Cape Town on a Plate: Local Favourites - Breakfast to Sundowners

Africa's undisputed gourmet capital, Cape Town rolls out a feast for every sense. We've gathered together our favourite favourites in this video, from the city's cafe culture of artisan coffee roasters to the inspired menu of a Cape Winelands treasure set in heavenly gardens, from the decadence of pure chocolate to a pedigreed high tea and, finally, a signature cocktail at our favourite spot to admire the setting sun.

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Hot and Spicy in Cape Town: A Malay Cooking Experience

Come dine with our African Safari Experts as they savour the spicy scents and flavours of a Cape Malay curry and try their hands at rolling a perfectly buttery roti (a traditional round flatbread) under the watchful guidence of an authentic Cape Malay cook.  But before you roll up your sleeves and inspire your inner domestic goddess, we recommend a short stroll down Cape Town’s memory lane to dip into a slice of South Africa's history that produced its multi-cultural melting pot heritage. 

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African Adventure: Go Mountain Biking

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Paragliding

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Mountaineering

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Snorkeling with Seals

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Biking

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes and kites.

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